Huge prehistoric creatures will be raised from their slumber by Derry’s premier rockers Triggerman in a major new addition to Derry’s Halloween programme this year.
The full programme of events for this year’s ‘Rise Of the Rivergods’ Halloween celebrations have now been published with the ‘The Riversaurus’ events at Guildhall Square one of the main highlights.
Rocked awake by Triggerman, the story goes that the prehistoric river creatures, the Saurus, have followed the River Gods to the city and made Guildhall Square their feeding grounds.
Hailed as one of the finest walkabout acts in Europe, the Saurus shows will be accompanied by fire performances.
The shows will take place on Thursday 20 and Friday 30 October, each day at 3.30pm to 4pm and again at 6pm to 6.45pm and 7.45pm to 8.30pm. The final Friday night’s show will feature live music by Triggerman.
Guildhall Square will also host the Armagh Rhymers with their Tales Of the River Gods relayed through trad music, poetry, comedy, visual arts, with folk and children’s songs on Thursday & Friday October 29 and 30 at 5.15pm and again at 7pm each day.
There will also be monster Walled City Night-time Markets from Thursday 20th to Saturday 31st October from 12noon to 9pm each day, and a Wonder Wagon caravan where stories are woven, Screaming Selfies, and Bruce Airhead shows all in Guildhall Square.
Across the river at Ebrington Chateau Le Fear will open its doors on Friday October 16, with the Monster Funfair arriving the following Friday at Ebrington Square.
There will be Halloween carnival Ghost bus Tours departing from the Guildhall Monday to Friday October 26 to 30th every half hour from 6.30pm to 9pm with tickets £8 adult and £5 child.
Other highlights include Zombie Apocalypse Laser Tag, Graveyard Mini Golf and ‘Hallgloween’ haunted Maze Tour at Laser Space in Springtown Industrial Estate, from Monday 20 to Saturday 31.
There will be a free talk and walk on the architecture and mythology of Bishop’s Gate on Thursday October 29 at 7.30pm, setting off from No 1 St Columb’s Court.
Belfast Zoo will be bringing dragons and pythons and other mysterious creatures to Riverwatch Aquarium on Thursday for children aged six and over, with other themed events throughout the week.
There will be family ghost tours at the Tower Museum in the week leading up to Halloween.
The City Walls will come alive with two evenings of light shows, fire sculpture, music and performances as the River Gods and creatures gather in the Old City on Thursday and Friday October 29 and 30 from 6pm - 8.30pm, admission free.
The main event will see the Rise Of The Rivergods Street Carnival Parade setting off from Queen’s Quay car park on Saturday 31st October at 7pm, heading up Strand Road and down Queen’s Quay.
The Fireworks Finale over the River Foyle will commence at 8pm.
A special stage is to be erected at Victoria Market with a special Radio Ulster Broadcast from 6pm to 8pm, followed by Balkan Alien Sound at 8.15pm and Thumpin’ Jellyfish at 9pm.
Derry City Council have set themsevles a target of attracting 45,000 people to this year’s carnival celebrations.
Those who can’t attend the celebrations cane watch online live at www.derrystrabane.com/halloween.